Sure, it's only the Mets. But with SoSG mainstay Fred's Brim wnjoying the antispetic sterility of Citi Field, the Dodgers showed some of the vibrant signs of life that we'd been expecting of them all year:
- Starting pitcher Josh Beckett got his second consecutive win, going the minimum 5.0 IP of 8 H, 4 ER ball (2 BB, 6 Ks);
- Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 including a double and a fifth-inning, two-run HR that opened up a four-run inning and broke open the game;
- Yasiel Puig also had a 3-for-4 night with a double and RBI;
- Carl Crawford had two hits and a walk, and scored three runs;
- The Dodgers' bullpen, of J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow, Brian Wilson, and Kenley Jansen, shut down the Mets with four scoreless innings.
With San Francisco's heartbreaking 5-4 walkoff loss to the Rockies, the Dodgers move to four games out of first. There's no way the Giants could rebound from such a loss, so they may as well pack it in from here.
In bad news (because it can't be all good, the way this year has gone), Juan Uribe looks like he may have re-injured his hamstring, pulling into second gingerly during the ninth inning, on a double down the left-field line. Paging Justin Turner! The Big Apple beckons!